Letter from Brigham Young and Willard Richards, 5 September 1840

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Great work which is committed to us, & feel to  place all our hope, strength, & confidence in Israel’s God,  who is sufficent for all things, & not do as many who  profess to love the Lord, & at the same time live in neglect  of his commandments & his ordinances, & despise the order  of his council & government. No, we rejoice that the   has a Moses in these last days. (and an Aaron  by his side,) of whom the saints may enquire, as in days  of old, & know the mind of the Lord. We by no means  suppose you ignorant of our situation or the situation of  the people here, or of our proceedings, & yet as is  common among men we suppose presume it will  not be unacceptable to you to read somethi[n]g from us  also, concerning the circumstances by which we are  surrounded. There are some things which we expect to  find common amongst men of different nations  generally, such as a disposition to believe error in stead of truth, & love sin instead of holiness; also, a  disposition, among a few of the honest in heart to believe  the truth. <&> rejoice in it when it is brought to within their  reach; & yet, such are the attendant circumstances  with which people of different nations are surrounded.  & individuals of the same nations, but of different neighborhoods  that they require very different treatment or address  in order to induce them to receive the truth, & even  then will require very different degrees of time  to accomplish the same or bring <in>to exercise pass the same amount  of faith. The man who has only read the history histories [p. 2]
Great work which is committed to us, & feel to place all our hope, strength, & confidence in Israel’s God, who is sufficent for all things, & not do as many who profess to love the Lord, & at the same time live in neglect of his commandments & his ordinances, & despise the order of his council & government. No, we rejoice that the has a Moses in these last days. (and an Aaron by his side,) of whom the saints may enquire, as in days of old, & know the mind of the Lord. We by no means suppose you ignorant of our situation or the situation of the people here, or of our proceedings, & yet as is common among men we presume it will not be unacceptable to you to read something from us also, concerning the circumstances by which we are surrounded. There are some things which we expect to find common amongst men of different nations , such as a disposition to believe error instead of truth, & love sin instead of holiness; also, a disposition, among a few of the honest in heart to believe the truth. & rejoice in it when it is brought within their reach; & yet, such are the attendant circumstances with which people of different nations are surrounded. & individuals of the same nations, but of different neighborhoods that they require very different treatment or address in order to induce them to receive the truth, & even then will require very different degrees of time to accomplish or bring to pass the same amount of faith. The man who has only read the histories [p. 2]
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